Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal LIVE – Xhaka sent off!

Hello everyone and welcome along to our Carabao Cup semi-final live blog this Thursday, January 13 where we’ll be bringing you all the latest updates from the match at Anfield between Liverpool and Arsenal. Stay with us for all the build-up to Liverpool vs Arsenal and then updates from the match.

Carabao Cup semi-final LIVE SCORE: 0-0

This is the start of our Carabao Cup semi-final live blog between Liverpool and Arsenal, with updates from the day’s action following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.

Minute 33 – Dominant Liverpool

As you would expect, Liverpool have dominated proceedings since going a man up, and have had a whopping 77 percent possession. Though the home side are yet to have a shot on target.

Minute 24 – RED CARD

A long crossfield ball from Robertson looks for Jota, and Xhaka brings the Portuguese forward down with a clumsy challenge as he is through on goal. Immediately the referee brings out the red card and Arsenal must now play the remainder with 10 men.

Minute 13 – Liverpool on top

Liverpool are banging on the Arsenal door with Ramsdale’s clearance charged down by Henderson and the midfielder could only win a corner as the goalkeeper recovered.

Minute 6 – Quick start

It’s been a lightening start at Anfield! Alisson fumbled a Cedric Soares cross, and Ramsdale had to react quickly as a Gabriel backless had him in a spot of bother.

Kick off!

We are underway in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

Arsenal’s path to the semi-final

The Gunners’ route to the final four was relatively straightforward, and saw them rack up as many as 16 goals in their four games. After putting six past West Brom, they beat AFC Wimbledon 3-0, Leeds, 2-0, and saw off Sunderland with a 5-1 win in the quarter-finals.

How did Liverpool reach the semi-final?

Liverpool had a game fewer to play to make it this far, and had a trickier path as well. Relatively easy wins against Norwich (3-0) and Preston (2-0) booked them a date with Leicester, with the Foxes taking them all the way to penalties before the Reds won 5-4 in the shootout.

Liverpool vs Arsenal – Official line-ups

The team news is in and Jurgen Klopp makes eight changes from his Liverpool side’s FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town. In come Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson.

Meanwhile for Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are all unavailable due to AFCON. Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette all start the match.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Fabinho, Jota, Firmino, Minamino.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Lokonga, Xhaka, Saka, Martinelli, Lacazette, Nketiah.

Covid ravaged squads

This game is the rescheduled one after the original date was postponed after a raft of COVID-19 cases saw Liverpool’s squad depleted and their training ground closed. Many of those cases were supposedly false positives, however, meaning that Jurgen Klopp will have several of his first-choice players back available again.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have also had a number of COVID-19 cases in their squad, with Granit Xhaka the latest to test positive at the weekend. When you add in various other injury problems and players absent due to the African Cup of Nations, both teams’ squads are looking a little thin.

Liverpool vs Arsenal predicted line-ups

Liverpool’s predicted line-up: Alisson Becker; Conor Bradley, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Curtis Jones; Kaide Gordon, Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino.

Arsenal’s predicted line-up: Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Albert Sambi Lokonga, Charlie Patino; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Marinelli; Alexandre Lacazette.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: When does it start?

The game at Anfield kicks off at 19:45 local time on Thursday, which means 20:45 for viewers in Spain. If you’re watching the game in the USA, the match begins at 14:45 (ET) or 11:45 (PT).

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Where can I watch?

The Carabao Cup semi-final first leg game between Liverpool and Arsenal will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK. For viewers in the USA, ESPN+ is your home of the EFL Cup, while in Spain you can find the game on DAZN.

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